Last Saturday morning, just as I was nearly leaving the house with my family to visit the children’s grandparents for a birthday bonanza weekend, I got a message that Ela Bookworm had posted her review of Sophie’s Turn on her blog. Normally, I’d launch right into the review highlights but there’s a bit more of a story here that I’d like to share. Then you’ll understand why this review means so much to me!
Emma is a friend of mine and, in fact, was present at the gathering last summer that saw the first ‘pressure testing’ of my crazy idea to publish Sophie’s Turn. OK, so everyone had had rather too much Pimms but still… Emma was extremely encouraging of my plans and promised then to read my work.
After the launch on Kindle, things got a bit hectic for me and I struggled to keep my head above water; I’d never Blogged or Facebooked or Tweeted in my life and it was all a bit much. So while, of course, I included Emma in my general promotion fest, I never managed to catch up with her properly. By the time I’d got myself a bit more savvy and organised and managed to track her down on Twitter to offer her a review copy, she had gone and bought a copy for herself. This is the bit where I blush deeply, and a good place to say “Thanks” for Emma’s amazing dedication and support.
Now Emma leads a busy life and has been in and out of the country a lot. But she didn’t forget her promise and she did read Sophie’s Turn. She doesn’t read romance or ‘chick lit’ very often but she does read extensively (A LOT!) as you can see immediately upon visiting her fabulous blog.
Emma also has a very keen eye for fictional writing prowess; and, as the expression goes, “she says what she means.” So I was curious to see what she made of rock star romance Sophie’s Turn!
I think it’s safe to say that Emma really enjoyed it! There are a few things that she’s questioning but her conclusion blew me away: “an entertaining piece of wish-fulfilment which is resolved satisfyingly and realistically, with a flawed heroine who eventually realises what is important in life.” That is high praise indeed, and I am chuffed to bits.
Thanks, Emma, for posting such a detailed, thoughtful and positive review. I really enjoyed reading it, I am proud of it, and I am mulling over the questions you raise with a view to seeing how they might apply to events in the sequel. I’m loving it and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it.
To find the full review, visit here–and feel free to share your thoughts, too! X